Advent

Of the Father’s love begotten
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega —
He the source, the ending he,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see
Evermore and evermore.

O that birth forever blessed,
When the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bore the Savior of our race;
And the babe, the world’s Redeemer,
First revealed his sacred face,
Evermore and evermore.

This is he whom seers in old time
Chanted of with one accord,
Whom the voices of the prophets
Promised in their faithful word;
Now he shines, the long-expected;
Let creation praise its Lord
Evermore and evermore.

Let the heights of heaven adore him;
Angel hosts, his praises sing:
Powers, dominions, bow before him
And extol our God and King;
Let no tongue on earth be silent,
Every voice in concert ring
Evermore and evermore.

Christ to Thee, with God the Father,
And O Holy Ghost to Thee,
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
And unwearied praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion
And eternal victory,
Evermore and evermore.

~ Aurelius Prudentius; trans. J. M. Neale and H. W. Baker

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About middlingpoet

From the Gawain poet to Rainer Maria Rilke: I love traditional poetry.
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